Benz Road Assessment Moves Into Second Phase
Speed cushions in the Benz Road neighborhood of Saugus have given city staff the opportunity to collect data on traffic volume and accurate information on traffic using Benz as a short cut to either Bouquet Canyon or Copper Hill Roads.
Residents in the area went to City Council complaining of a high volume of cars using Benz as a cut-through and traveling at a high rate of speed. After initially trying a diverter on Benz, which resulted in immediate negative response from residents on the surrounding streets, the Council approved the installation of temporary speed cushions, which slow traffic while maintaining a safe passage for emergency vehicles.
Since their installation in late February and early March, staff has been compiling data. The next step is to remove the turn restrictions at Copper Hill Drive at Buckhorn Lane, Copper Hill Drive at Benz Road, Bouquet Canyon Road at Sue Drive and Bouquet Canyon Road at Benz Road, then monitor and gather traffic volumes and speed information for the following three months while schools are in session. Sign removal should be completed in mid-July.
The six month traffic data will provide the effectiveness of speed cushions on cut through traffic, volume, and speed in the Benz Road neighborhood streets.
The temporary cushions garnered both positive and negative response, according to city traffic analyst Edward Yi.
"It's been three months and initially there were positive responses and some negative; we are tallying those. It's been quiet lately."
Yi said that once the second phase of research - monitoring traffic after the signs are removed - staff will return the results to City Council.
"This was done by Council direction, so we go to them for our next step," Yi said.
Read our story about the council debate here.